As they reach the middle of the 2021 campaign, several of the area’s high school soccer teams are proving once again they are forces to be reckoned with in the private-school ranks.
The St. Thomas boys team improved to 11-6-1 with a 6-1 victory over Concordia Lutheran on Monday. Pablo Tager and Santiago Labarthe each had two goals as the Eagles snapped a two-game losing streak ahead of Tuesday night’s district game against The Village School.
Meanwhile, the Lutheran High North Lions defeated Northland Christian 4-2 on Monday night to clinch a district championship.
St. Pius X fell to Monsignor Kelly on Feb. 2, before losing to The Village School on penalty kicks a day later. However, the Panthers rebounded to beat Concordia Lutheran 3-2 on senior night Feb. 5, improving to 4-6-2 on the season.
In public school action, the Heights Bulldogs shut out Westbury 3-0 on Feb. 3 for their third consecutive victory. Esdras Hernandez found the back of the net twice for the Bulldogs (5-1), while Carlos Tamayo added a goal of his own as Heights got its fourth shutout of the season.
Waltrip dropped both matches last week, losing 4-2 to Sharpstown on Feb. 3 and then falling in a Feb. 6 match against Milby on penalty kicks. That left the Rams at 2-4-1 overall and 2-2 in District 23-5A.
Coming off last year’s 13-3 season and subsequent playoff appearance, the St. Pius X Lady Panthers are proving to be one of TAPPS Division I, District 4’s premier teams once again.
SPX beat The Village School 4-0 on Feb.4 and Monsignor Kelly 4-0 on Monday to run its winning streak to three games.
The Lady Panthers are now 14-2 on the season.
On the public school side, the Scarborough Lady Spartans have won four consecutive matches – including two by forfeit – and are 4-1 on the season. Following a forfeit win against Wheatley on Feb. 2, the Lady Spartans defeated Furr 3-1 in overtime Feb. 5. Leading goal scorers Katherine Alvarado and Imelda Loredo (five goals each) both put one home against Furr, as did Kemberlin Mazariegos.